Sunday, February 22, 2009

Demand Investigation into Attack on Trans Woman

On January 28th, 2009, a television news report showed an incident in which neighborhood watch patrols in the city of Tarapoto, Peru, chased and caught a travesti (transvestite) and her companion and then physically humiliated and insulted them. Neighborhood watch members cut their victims' hair and forced them to strip before subjecting them to a series of military training exercises until they collapsed from exhaustion. Throughout the ordeal, a crowd of onlookers made fun of the victims.

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) joins MHOL and RedLacTrans in requesting that you send emails asking Peruvian authorities to investigate this incident.

Please send your letters to:

Sr. Remigio Hernani Meloni
Ministro del Interior
Ministeriodel Interior Plaza 30 de Agosto s/n Urb. Corpac - San Isidro
Gral. PNP Luis Hugo Mezarina Ponte
Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos del Sector Interior
General de Policía PNP Mauro Walter Remicio Maguiño
Director de la Policía Nacional

Please also send a copy of your letter to:

Fernando D'Elio
Jana Villayzan
RedLacTrans Peru
Jorge Chavez Reyes
Marcela Romero
RedLacTrans – Directora Ejecutiva


Anonymous said...

Travesti is not equal to transvestite.

While I appreciate your effort to be inclusive here, you really need to be aware of your cultural butchery of trans concepts in Latino culture.

Travesti best translates as "transfeminine" although even that translation has problems.

A transvestite is basically a fetishist, like an old white guy jerking off in his wife's panties. The individual here is none of the above.

Queers United said...

Okay thanks I have edited the title.

helen_boyd said...

No on Anonymous' definition of transvestite. A transvestite is a person who crossdresses. A "fetishistic transvestite" is a little closer to what Anonymous was getting at, & even that definition is a pathologized version of the idea.

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